Italy

Hunger in the World: Causes, Consequences and Remedies

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Application Due October 2, 2018
Academic Date Jan. 2 – Jan. 12, 2019
Requirements 2.75 MU GPA at time of application. Good academic standing. Open to all MU students.
Estimated cost $5,896* (includes airfare)
Contact Shanon Dickerson, Director of Study Abroad

Overview

Program participants will gain knowledge on the causes, measurement, and consequences of food insecurity in the world in addition to remedies proposed and actions taken to end hunger. Students will also learn about the issues, research, involvement of key international agencies and their differing roles, as well as US official roles in these efforts. By the conclusion of the program, participants will develop and express their own views on food security problems and policies.

The program is designed to speak with those directly involved in assessment of causes and development of advice to countries and international agencies on how to combat poverty and food insecurity in the world. Readings will be assigned before, during and after the program travel dates. During the program, there will be frequent roundtable discussions to enhance comprehension and exchange ideas and differing perspectives on the information provided by experts’ presentations. There also will be a required paper and presentation.

NEW Program Changes for 2018-2019

  • Additional cultural field trips
  • Local tour guide
  • Italian language prep
  • Local food experience, cooking classes, co-op visit, and more!
  • Private coach transportation between cities
  • Upgraded accommodations
  • Most meals

Location

This program will take place in Rome, Italy, with stops in Florence and Bologna. Bologna is the center of the new thrust on reducing food waste, and Rome serves as a worldwide hub for food security agencies. These locations will greatly enhance the student learning experience and allow participants to interact with key players who are directly involved in global food security programs. Also included in the program are a visit to Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Coliseum as well as a meeting with the US Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome.

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be housed in hotels and rooms will be shared. All housing costs are included in the program fee.

Selected group meals are included in the program fee; however some meals will be out-of-pocket expenses for students. A detailed itinerary will be provided that clearly indicates which meals will need to be purchased. Though the individual spending habits of each student will vary, please see the budget information below for an estimate of the average out-of-pocket meal expenses.

Program Travel

International round-trip air travel will be arranged for the Italy group. This arranged flight generally departs from and returns to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, MO. The faculty program leader travels with the group flight to facilitate airport check-in and transfers.

Academics

The faculty leader for this program is Anna Ball, Ph.D. Students will be enrolled in AFNR 2191 (3 credits, humanities). Orientation sessions during the fall semester will provide background information so that all participants have a basic knowledge of the basic literature on causes, measurement, consequences and suggested actions to end hunger in the world.

  • Introduction to food security
  • Context of food security/insecurity concerns
    • Short term and long term concepts
    • Food insecurity in rich and poor countries
  • Measures and indicators of hunger and malnutrition
  • Population dynamics and food projections to 2050
  • Financial crisis and food price crises
  • Policy priorities and prospects for ending world hunger

A significant portion of the grade for this course comes from your trip journal and the writing and presentation of a paper of your choice. The final paper will be submitted and presented before spring break.

Estimated Cost

Undergraduate MO Resident
Non-refundable deposit: $350
Missouri Resident Tuition (3 credits): $855*
*Non-resident students will also be billed non-resident fees, but 80% of the non-resident fees will be returned to the student
IT Fees: $41
Intl Center Fees: $125
Program Fees (including airfare): $4,525
Total cost estimate with airfare: (includes accommodation and some meals) $5,896
Additional meals & misc. estimate: $500 – 700